The Dutch sport fierljeppen is just like pole vaulting. Except you don’t run with the pole, you’re allowed to climb while you’re in the air, and you’ve vaulting over a canal.
Sigurd the Mighty, Earl of Orkney, died in 892 CE when he was bitten by the severed head of his foe, Máelbrigte the Bucktoothed.
Twelve years before Orson Welles’ classic radio play The War of the Worlds, BBC Radio broadcast a hoax revolution in which government ministers were murdered and Big Ben demolished by trench mortars.
In 1929 Bavarian architect Herman Sörgel proposed building a dam across the Strait of Gibraltar and shrinking the Mediterranean.
Without ultrasound, how do you know whether a fetus in utero is facing the right way? You use Leopold’s manoeuvres.
Didius Julianus won the Roman Empire in an auction held by the Praetorian Guard in 193 CE.
Isaac Newton, giant of math and physics, undercover agent for the Royal Mint, faced off against William Chaloner, the notorious forger, tongue-padder, and dildo-merchant. [2 of 2]
Precious metals could be stolen from coins by clipping, plugging, or sweating them. It’s a good thing Isaac Newton was on the case. [1 of 2]
Queen Alexandra had a scar and a limp – and British fashion followed suit.
If you want to decipher an encrypted message, it’s helpful to plant some plaintext seeds.
Sudden bouts of contagious dancing plagued pre-modern Europe – afflicting up to a thousand people at a time.
King Charles II of Navarre died when, wrapped in alcohol-soaked linen, he caught on fire.
423,000 people live in Flevoland, a province of the Netherlands. Before 1957, the entire area did not exist.
Jacques Brel, the famed Belgian singer, began some songs slowly and then sped up. A lot.
All roads lead to Rome… but where in Rome do they lead?